Things are better in Rome

Contribution from former parishioner, currently studying for the priesthood at the Beda College in Rome

Things are better in Rome, but not back to normal in many ways. However, the other day, after being cooped up for so long, I was able to get around Rome and see the sights like the Trevi Fountain and the Arch of Constantine without all the tourists. It was a pleasure to be able to walk slowly around the arch and take plenty of time to look at all the statues, details and carvings as normally it is too crowded for you to stand and take your time.  One of the nicest things for me was to hear the church bells ringing again.

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Discovering Christian Meditation with the Parish Group

In these times of social distancing, many people are discerning a call to rediscover the value of silence in their lives. We are distancing from each other but the good news is that God is present to us all the time. God dwells in our hearts in loving silence. We need to be present to the divine presence and many hearts are now stirring. Be still and know that I am God. In the silence of our hearts, we find that we are profoundly connected.

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Reflections for the Month of May

How are you coping with lockdown? It will affect each of us differently. With so much time on our hands we might become the classic couch-potato. The constant ‘News updates’ repeated continually all day is depressing enough, pointless speculation on when it will end; who’s right or wrong; passing the buck and looking for a scape-goat is how the world responds to disaster.

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